Flood Report Graphic January 27th

VC’s Sheyenne River at >50% Risk of Moderate to Major Flooding

Discussions about the spring flood threat throughout the Red River Basin have long been underway at the National Weather Service ever since the historic flooding many areas saw in the Fall. On January 23rd, they released the first 2020 Spring Flood Outlook, and it looks like (as it stands now) the spring flood will be a doozy, possibly even historic.

“Long story short,” the Jan. 24th outlook says, “the risk for significant snowmelt flooding is quite substantial, running above long-term historical averages across the Red River and Devils Lake Basins.”

Greg Gust, NOAA/NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, says these three things about what the agencies are looking toward for spring flooding:

- We expect a greater spring flood than 2019 in most all areas.

- The Fall-winter period to date is the wettest on record for the Basin as a whole

- Current snowpack and water content is already at average winter season totals

In a Friday webinar discussion NOAA and NWS hosted, they presented and explained information to explain their conclusions in this outlook.  

Read the full story in your Monday, January 27th Times-Record. Purchase a paper copy at the TR office or an electronic edition online at www.times-online.com

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